The 19th edition of the Asian Games, the largest multi-sport event in Asia, is set to take place in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8, 2023. More than 12,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions will compete in 481 events across 61 sports disciplines. Here are some of the key facts and highlights of the upcoming Asian Games.
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Main Keyphrase: Unity in Diversity
The theme of the Asian Games 2023 is “Unity in Diversity”, which reflects the spirit of solidarity and harmony among the diverse cultures and peoples of Asia. The slogan of the Games is “Heart to Heart, @Future”, which expresses the aspiration of building a better future through friendship and cooperation. The emblem of the Games is inspired by the Chinese character “互”, which means “mutual” and also resembles a running track. The mascots of the Games are three robots named Congcong, Lianlian and Chenchen, which represent intelligence, vitality and joy respectively.
Competition Zones: Six Cities in Zhejiang Province
The Asian Games 2023 will be held in six cities in Zhejiang Province, namely Hangzhou, Huzhou, Shaoxing, Ningbo, Jinhua and Wenzhou. Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang and the host city of the Games, will stage 34 sports disciplines at 42 venues. The other five cities will host one or two sports disciplines each. The Games Village, located in Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre, will accommodate more than 10,000 athletes and officials during the Games.
Medal Table: China Leads with 251 Medals
As of October 4, China leads the medal table with 139 gold, 73 silver and 39 bronze medals, followed by Japan with 30 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze medals, and Republic of Korea with 30 gold, 38 silver and 60 bronze medals. India ranks fourth with 13 gold, 21 silver and 21 bronze medals, setting a new record for its best performance at the Asian Games. Some of the notable achievements include:
- Annu Rani winning gold in women’s javelin throw with a throw of 63.24m
- Parul Chaudhary winning gold in women’s 5000m race with a time of 15:36.03
- Mohammed Afsal winning silver in men’s 800m final with a time of 1:46.15
- Tejaswin Shankar winning silver in men’s decathlon with a score of 8141 points
- Ojas Pravin and Jyothi Surekha clinching gold in mixed team compound archery final
Table: Schedule of Some Popular Sports Disciplines
|Archery||Sep 24 – Oct 1||Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Archery Field|
|Athletics||Sep 26 – Oct 5||Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium|
|Badminton||Sep 28 – Oct 8||Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium|
|Boxing||Sep 25 – Oct 4||Hangzhou International Expo Centre Hall D|
|Chess||Sep 23 – Oct 2||Hangzhou International Expo Centre Hall C|
|Hockey||Sep 23 – Oct 7||Wujin Hockey Stadium|
|Kabaddi||Sep 23 – Oct 2||Hangzhou International Expo Centre Hall B|
|Kurash||Sep 23 – Sep 25||Hangzhou International Expo Centre Hall A|
|Shooting||Sep 23 – Oct 2||Xiaoshan Shooting Range|
|Tennis||Sep 24 – Oct 8||Binjiang Tennis Centre|
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: How can I watch the Asian Games live?
- A: You can watch the live stream of the Asian Games on Olympics.com or on various TV channels and online platforms in your country.
- Q: How can I buy tickets for the Asian Games?
- A: You can buy tickets for the Asian Games on the official website https://www.hangzhou2022.cn/En/ or through authorized ticket agents.
- Q: How can I volunteer for the Asian Games?
- A: You can apply to be a volunteer for the Asian Games on the official website https://www.hangzhou2022.cn/En/ or through various organizations and institutions.
- Q: How can I learn more about the Asian Games?
- A: You can visit the official website https://www.hangzhou2022.cn/En/ or follow the official social media accounts for more information and updates about the Asian Games.